WTA Championships 2013 Istanbul White Group
All is to play for on the final day of round robin matches at the WTA Year End Championships in Istanbul with Victoria Azarenka (Player Profile) facing Na Li (Player Profile)in an attempt to make the knockout stages. Check out the Azarenka v Na Li Head to Head.
Li is guaranteed to qualify with a win that would see her 3-0 in the round robin stage. She defeated Sara Errani in straight sets before coming through a tough three set match with Jelena Jankovic, defeating the Serbian 6-3 2-6 6-3. The 4th seed recovered from a disappointing second set to put her record at 2-0, breaking Jankovic’s serve twice to take the final three games of the deciding set. While she got plenty on return, Li needs to work on her second serve against an outstanding returner like Azarenka – she went just 7/23 on second serve points won.
A disappointing Azarenka performance saw her lose in straight sets and she may need a straight sets victory here to progress, given that Jelena Jankovic is highly favoured to defeat Sara Errani and ensure the Italian goes 0-3 in the round robin stage.
She said yesterday – “I think it’s pretty obvious,” – when asked about any mental fatigue.
“It’s just mentally tough right now,” Azarenka said. “Just tough to get things started a little bit.”
With injury and illness taking its toll on the Belarussian throughout the year, it seems likely that she will depart at the round robin stage of the tournament as she looks to rest up for the beginning of next season. Azarenka is 7-2 against Li and has won their last five but Li will have her best chance in a long time to get a win over the World No.2.
Prediction: Na Li in straight sets
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